RSF condemns murder of another journalist in northern India

first_img In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence June 10, 2021 Find out more Navin Gupta had been working as a contributor with the daily Hindustan for eight years (photo: ANI). News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 RSF_en A reporter for the Hindustan newspaper, Navin Gupta, 35, was riddled with bullets by four men on motorcycles as he emerged from a public toilet near the market in Bilhaur, a town 50 km north of the city of Kanpur. He died while being rushed to hospital, leaving a wife and 4-year-old daughter.The police have begun a hunt for the perpetrators but so far without success. For the time being, the motive for Gupta’s murder is unknown but Kanpur district journalists voiced concern about their safety after holding an emergency meeting.“We support the investigation launched by the police, who must not let this murder go unpunished, but we cannot forget that Navin Gupta was at least the fourth journalist to be murdered in India in just three months,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“The federal authorities must quickly adopt measures to guarantee the safety of media personnel. The Uttar Pradesh government also has a duty to provide better protection for journalists investigating sensitive subjects. With three journalists murdered in the past two years, this state has a significant history in this regard.”It was in Uttar Pradesh that the Jagendra Singh sustained fatal burns in June 2015 in connection with his investigative reporting on illegal sand mines; that local newspaper journalist Sanjay Pathak was beaten to death two months later, and that reporter Hemant Yadav was gunned down in October by a motorcycle hitman said to have been hired by the “mines mafia.”Recent media victims in other parts of India include Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor who was gunned down outside her home in the southern city of Bangalore on 5 September; Shantanu Bhowmick a reporter who was beaten and stabbed to death in the northeastern state of Tripura two weeks later, and Sudip Datta Bhaunik, a reporter who was shot dead in the same state just ten days ago. India is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Indian authorities to take concrete steps to protect journalists after a newspaper reporter was gunned down yesterday evening in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. At least three other journalists have been murdered in India in the past three months. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence Follow the news on India December 1, 2017 RSF condemns murder of another journalist in northern India Organisation India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News March 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

UK rebukes producer of surveillance software

first_img News RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal Help by sharing this information March 23, 2021 Find out more News to go further News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia February 12, 2021 Find out more British-German surveillance technology provider Gamma International infringed on its human rights obligations with products such as “state trojan” FinFischer. This was confirmed by the United Kingdom’s OECD National Contact Point (NCP) on Thursday in the final assessment of a complaint submitted by human rights groups. The NCP calls on Gamma – explicitly including other companies affiliated with the corporation – to implement effective human rights standards. March 3, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UK rebukes producer of surveillance software Follow the news on United Kingdom Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened February 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts United KingdomEurope – Central Asia The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Bahrain Watch, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Privacy International and Reporters Without Borders in 2013 submitted a complaint at the NCP in London against Gamma, and a parallel complaint at the German NCP against Munich-based surveillance company Trovicor GmbH. The non-governmental organizations accuse the companies of sharing a responsibility for arrests, imprisonments and torture of opposition members, journalists and dissidents in the Arab Gulf state of Bahrain by supplying surveillance technology and technical support. “The final statement of the British OECD National Contact Point confirms our complaint,” said Christian Mihr, executive director of Reporters Without Borders Germany. “At the same time the fight for substantial restrictions of exports of surveillance technology to authoritarian states must continue.” ECCHR deputy legal director Miriam Saage-Maaß added: “The decision of the British NCP is of fundamental importance! The German Gamma affiliate FinFisher Labs in Munich must also comply with it.”“The OECD report unfortunately underlines the lack of cooperation by certain companies that export surveillance technology, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. If they are unable to behave reasonably of their own accord, it is up to governments and legislators to force them to do so.”The British OECD NCP criticized that Gamma did not put in place a due diligence process and did not commit to any binding standards for the observance of human rights. Moreover, the company did not cooperate with the NCP to the necessary extent. In spite of overwhelming publicly accessible evidence, Gamma refused to provide information on the sale of FinFisher technology to Bahrain. The NCP invokes that it is not equipped with investigatory powers of its own, and therefore could not confirm this specific accusation.The German NCP, which is tied to the Federal Ministry of Economy, rejected the complaint against Trovicor in December 2013, deciding that it could “only conduct a further examination of the general risk management of Trovicor.” It considered the evidence regarding other topics of the complaint as not substantial enough to warrant further scrutiny. “The fact that the National Contact Points in Germany and in the United Kingdom diverged in their assessments of the complaints is once again evidence of the failings in the German complaint procedure,” said Miriam Saage-Maaß. “The German NCP must be restructured to be more independent – for example by placing it, as does the UK, under the supervision of a board that appoints civil society representatives as well.”—-Press contacts:Reporters Without Borders Germany / Silke Ballweg and Christoph Dreyer / [email protected] / / T: +49 (0)30 60 98 95 33-55European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights / Anabel Bermejo (Media & Communication) /[email protected] /T: +49 (0)30 6981 9707 /Mob: +49 (0)172 587 00 87 Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing News Organisation RSF_en last_img read more

Court orders journalist freed but stops short of quashing his conviction

first_imgNews Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further News RSF_en China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more News ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information October 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court orders journalist freed but stops short of quashing his convictioncenter_img Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today hailed the news that Yang Xiaoqing, a journalist based in Longhui in the southern province of Hunan, has been released as a result of a court decision in the nearby city of Shaoyang on 17 October. Detained since 22 January, Yang had been serving a one-year sentence for alleged extortion. “Guilty but free – this decision is a half-measure that fails to cover up the fact that he was imprisoned for no reason,” the press freedom organisation said. “The Chinese judicial system seems to fear losing face. Convicted in Longhui and released in Shaoyang, he will have to go to the Hunan provincial court to get acquitted.”Yang is the Longhui correspondent of Zhongguo Chanjing Xinwenbao (China Industrial Economy News) and an occasional contributor to Xianggang Shangbao (Hong Kong Commerce Daily). After writing two articles for Xianggang Shangbao about alleged corruption in the sale of a state-owned company, he was arrested and accused of trying to get the officials involved to pay him 800,000 yuan (81,000 euros) not to write the articles.The one-year sentence was imposed by the Longhui people’s court on 15 June. When the case came before the Shaoyang intermediate people’s court on 17 October, Yang was not acquitted but he was exempted from serving his sentence. His wife, Gong Jie, said supporters gathered outside the courthouse in Shaoyang chanting such slogans as, “Overthrow the corrupt officials.” When the court’s decision was announced, they hailed it as a first step towards victory and set off fireworks.Yang’s family intends to appeal in order to get his conviction overturned. Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

British TV crew arrested and Reporters Without Borders correspondent threatened

first_img News to go further The police have jailed Zaiba Malik and Bruno Sorrentino, journalistswith British television’s Channel 4, as well as their driver andinterpreter. Like Reporters Without Borders correspondent Saleem Samad, theyare charged with sedition and activities against the state, which arepunishable by death. RSF_en News News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) today demanded the immediate release of a four-member British TV crew arrested on 25 November at the Indian border and an end to official harassment of the organisation’s correspondent in Bangladesh and his family.”The Bangladesh authorities say they have nothing to hide about the country’s political and religious situation, but foreign journalists are treated like enemies and those who help them are harassed,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to interior minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury. He asked that legal steps being taken against the journalists be dropped at once because they were a “serious attack on press freedom.” Zaiba Malik (journalist) and Bruno Sorrentino (cameraman), of the British TV company Channel-4, along with their interpreter Pricila Raj and driver Mujib, were arrested by police as they were about to cross the eastern border into India near Benapole and taken to the capital, Dhaka, for interrogation on suspicion of subversive activities. They were in the country to prepare a programme about the political and religious situation. November 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 British TV crew arrested and Reporters Without Borders correspondent threatened Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists The arrests came after an intimidation campaign by state security police against the journalists and their two assistants. Saleem Samad, a journalist and local correspondent of Reporters Without Borders, is being sought by police because he helped the Channel-4 team. His home is being watched by state security agents, his family harassed and his phone has been cut off. Directors of the Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) have been also under surveillance and threatened for helping the foreign journalists.Such harassment is defended by conservative and Islamist newspapers. For example, the pro-government Dainik Dinkal denounced the two journalists on 16 November as plotters and printed a photo of them and Samad at an anti-American demonstration near a mosque in Dhaka. BangladeshAsia – Pacific center_img February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation BangladeshAsia – Pacific May 19, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News Follow the news on Bangladesh February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information News Excerpt from a program “Buenos dias Guinea” on Asonga in September 2018. Equatorial Guinea. “In Equatorial Guinea, not even the coronavirus escapes the government’s extremely tight news control and censorship,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The consequences of this policy of depriving the public of independently produced reporting could be disastrous because trampling on press freedom during a public health crisis means putting people in danger.”When reached by RSF, Asonga TV’s management did not want to comment. The TV channel is closely controlled by the authorities because it belongs to Teodorín Nguema Obiang, who is vice-president in charge of defence and security as well as being the president’s son. September 4, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the suspension of a very popular daily TV current affairs programme and its seven journalists in Equatorial Guinea after they showed soldiers using violence to enforce the country’s coronavirus lockdown. Two Asonga TV journalists, Melanio Nkogo and Ruben Bacale, were detained for 12 days last September after interviewing a judge criticizing his suspension. They have yet to be reinstated in their jobs at the TV channel. News Two Equatorial Guinean journalists held for the past eight days June 15, 2020 Find out more Equatorial GuineaAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation Reports May 18, 2020 Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship Privately-owned Asonga TV’s viewers have been deprived of the programme “Buenos días Guinea” (Good morning, Equatorial Guinea) ever since 1 May, one day after it showed soldiers beating a man they caught on the street in violation of the lockdown. The seven journalists were sent home the same day without being told why and have remained suspended ever since. This small country on the west coast of Central Africa has been ruled with an iron hand for more than 40 years by President Teodoro Obiang, who holds the world record for longevity as a non-royal head of state. Equatorial GuineaAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further Equatorial Guinea is ranked 165th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en last_img read more

Two Italian journalists attacked for asking questions

first_img Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Receive email alerts A simple question about the pay that former parliamentarians receive proved dangerous for Daniele Lupo, a reporter with the commercial TV channel La7. Mario Landolfi, who was communications minister in Silvio Berlusconi’s government in 2005 and 2006, responded to the question on 19 April by slapping Lupo in the face. Landolfi subsequently apologized during a TV broadcast but did not explain his behaviour.Showing an embarrassing photo proved dangerous for Giorgio Mottola, a reporter for “Report,” a current affairs programme on the public TV channel Rai 3. Mottola showed a sheet of paper with a photo of allegedly illegal construction projects in Ostia, a coastal resort near Rome, on 19 April to the head of Federbalneari, the national association of resort companies, and pressed him for a comment. The businessman finally responded by crumpling the sheet of paper against Mottola’s face.“These acts of aggression are a disturbing reminder of how the climate of hostility and contempt towards journalists in more and more European countries dangerously facilitates the passage from words to action, said RSF. Responding with violence to ordinary questions from journalists is simply unacceptable and unworthy of politicians and businessmen in a democratic country. We call on the Italian authorities to react quickly in order not to allow this kind of attack to go unpunished, as it would just encourage more violence of the same kind.” Ranked 52nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Italy is one of the European Union’s most dangerous countries for the media. Covering a mafia network or a criminal gang exposes reporters to often deadly risks. Help by sharing this information April 24, 2018 – Updated on April 25, 2018 Two Italian journalists attacked for asking questions RSF_en Screenshot from “Non e l’Arena” on TV channel La7 RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 19, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the unacceptable behaviour of an Italian businessman and a former government minister who, in separate incidents last week, reacted violently to embarrassing questions from reporters. RSF calls for a response from the Italian authorities. Follow the news on Italy On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabiacenter_img to go further December 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation News ItalyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImpunityViolence News November 23, 2020 Find out more News News ItalyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImpunityViolence last_img read more

Newspaper reporter freed after being held for more than two weeks

first_imgNews Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 10, 2020 Find out more Organisation March 29, 2020 Find out more to go further SudanAfrica Help by sharing this information Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa SudanAfrica April 6, 2020 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal Follow the news on Sudan News October 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper reporter freed after being held for more than two weeks Journalist Abu Obeida Abdallah of the privately-owned daily Al-Rai al-Aam was released yesterday. His newspaper said he was arrested on 29 September in connection with the murder of Mohamed Taha, the editor of the privately-owned daily Al-Wifaq, at the beginning of the month.Another person detained in connection with the murder reportedly told investigators that Abdallah had called him just hours before Taha was killed and said the murder was going to take place. Abdallah, who said he was not mistreated while in detention, denied the allegation.———————————-03.10.2006 – Security forces have held Al-Rai Al-Aam journalist for four daysReporters Without Borders called on the Sudanese authorities to justify the secret detention of Abu Obeida Abdallah, a journalist on the independent daily Al-Rai al-Aam, arrested by security forces in Khartoum on 29 September 2006, without any official explanation. “The Sudanese authorities must provide an explanation about the holding of Abu Obeida Abdallah” said Reporters Without Borders. “If he is being held because of his work the journalist should be released immediately and without any action taken against him”. “If he is being held for other reasons, we demand that they be made public and that his right to impartial proceedings be respected,” it added.The information ministry admitted on 2 October that police were holding the journalist, a specialist on the Darfur question, for “investigation” and said he would shortly be freed but without elaborating. Obeida Abdallah has had no contact with colleagues or family since 29 September or any access to a lawyer. Under Sudanese law he should have been charged or released within 48 hours.The journalist covered Darfur peace talks between the government and several rebel groups at the Abuja summit in May 2006. Some Sudanese journalists told Reporters Without Borders they believe he may be under questioning about these sensitive issues, perhaps to force him to reveal his sources. News News Receive email alertslast_img read more

RWB condemns impunity for police violence against journalists

first_img GreeceEurope – Central Asia Lolos had to be hospitalized after being clubbed by a member of the MAT riot police near Syntagma Square in Athens on 5 April 2012. The police conducted an internal investigation but took no action although photos showed a helmeted police officer beating Lolos over the head.Kypraios has been left disabled for life by the stun grenade that was thrown at him during a demonstration in Athens on 15 June 2011. The investigation into this incident was also closed without any outcome.The photos of a MAT police officer beating photographer Tatiana Bolari during a demonstration on 5 October 2011 went around the world. The policeman was given a suspended sentence of eight months in prison on a charge of aggravated assault but was never sanctioned for failing in his duty as a police officer.When Mariniki Alevizopoulou and Avgoustinos Zenakos, two journalists with the magazine Unfollow, asked the police about the decisions to close these investigations without taking any action, a spokesman said: “If the case was closed, it was only after no evidence emerged to prove that the police officers had not done their duty.”So, does this mean that police violence against journalists is normal and justified?It was only when reading this article in last week’s issue of Unfollow that the victims learned that their cases had been closed. No judge had deemed it necessary to tell them. This is disgraceful, and shows how little importance is attributed to journalists’ safety although their work, including their coverage of protests, plays a vital role in the current Greek context.Freedom of information has declined steadily in Greece since the 2008 financial crisis – a decline reflected in the annual Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. In 2008, Greece was ranked 31st. In 2014, it was ranked 99th, after falling 68 places over six years. It is now second from last in the European Union. Already hit economically by the withdrawal of investors from the media sector, journalists are also targeted by both sides during demonstrations. The protesters regard them as representatives of a system they no longer want. And the police attack protesters and journalists alike when dispersing protests. These problems are compounded by the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which has no compunction about using violence in an attempt to silence the journalists who cover its excesses.Unjustified violence and arbitrary arrestWhile protester violence against journalists is declining, the police continue to attack them, and the impunity they enjoy encourages this state of affairs. In one recent example, two reporters and a photographer were targeted by police while covered a demonstration on 17 November marking the anniversary of a student uprising against the military dictatorship.During clashes between police and protesters, a police officer hit photographer Alexia Tsagari and pulled her hair, DELTA motorcycle police harassed reporter Antonis Diniakos and TV reporter Irini Androulaki was hit by a police flashball and was insulted by a policeman. The police say they have launched an internal investigation into these incidents.Despina Kontaraki, a journalist with the Eleftheros Typos newspaper, was arrested on 6 April and was held for several hours as a result of a libel action by the right-wing Independent Greeks party parliamentarian Rachil Makri over an article by Kontaraki and fellow reporter Giorgos Kouvaras accusing Makri of supporting Golden Dawn.The European Federation of Journalists condemned her arrest as an attempt to intimidate journalists. ‘‘The arrest is utterly unacceptable and baseless,’’ EFJ president Mogens Blicher Bjerregård said. ‘‘It has only shown the worrying fact that Greek politicians are blatantly abusing their power and privilege to silence critical voices in their own advantages.’’In the latest case, Avgi reporter Irini Lazaridou was arrested during a demonstration on 7 December to mark the sixth anniversary of teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos’ fatal shooting by a policeman. She said that, despite showing her press card, she was taken to Omonia police station and was held for several hours.The Greek press photographers’ association reported that police also arrested one of its members, Giorgos Nikolaidis, during the demonstration. Demonstrators harassed two other journalists.Greece is ranked 99th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.(photo : Greek photojournalists stage a protest outside the Ministry of Citizen’s Protection on April 6, 2012, after a photographer sustained a serious head injury from a police truncheon while covering an anti-austerity protest, in another case of police brutality against media.) Follow the news on Greece December 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB condemns impunity for police violence against journalists RSF_en Organisation The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened April 29, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom News to go further GreeceEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has written to Greek public order and citizen protection minister Vassilis Kikilias deploring the fact that the investigations into police attacks in 2011 and 2012 on journalists Manolis Kypraios and Marios Lolos were closed without any action being taken. Cases of police violence against journalists and arrests of journalists are on the increase, yet investigations into police abuses nearly always end up being shelved. February 2, 2021 Find out more News News Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

RSF decries arrests of three activist bloggers in Vietnam

first_img News Nguyen Van Oai, Tran Thi Nga and Nguyen Van Hoa Receive email alerts VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms WomenPredatorsImprisonedCitizen-journalistsInternet Organisation The latest victim is Tran Thi Nga, a blogger also known as Thuy Nga, who was arrested at her home in the northern province of Ha Nam on 21 January. The mother of two children, Nga uses her blog to defend migrant workers and those whose land has been seized by the authorities. Accused of posting “anti-state” content online, she has been charged under article 88 of the penal code, which provides for sentences of three to 20 years in prison for “propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.” Nguyen Van Oai, a citizen journalist who has been jailed in the past, was arrested on 19 January in the central province of Nghe An for allegedly resisting police officers and for leaving his home while on probation. Arrested in 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison plus three years of home surveillance under penal code article 79 (penalizing “activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration”), Oai was released in August 2015 on completing the jail term. Articles 79 and 88 are the two that are most often used to gag bloggers and online activists.Citizen journalist Nguyen Van Hoa, who was working for Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese service, was held incommunicado for more than a week after his arrest on 11 January, with the result that his family learned only two days ago that he is in the regime’s custody and has been charged under article 258, which punishes “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the state.”Hoa recently covered protests against Formosa Ha Tinh Steel, a Taiwanese-owned steel plant responsible for a toxic spill that caused the deaths of thousands of tons of fish in April 2016.“This wave of arrests ahead of the Vietnamese New Year celebrations betrays the state of tension within the regime whenever civil society has an opportunity to express itself freely about violations of its rights and human rights in general,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“These bloggers and citizen journalists did nothing more than cover protests and express views about violations of the rights of their fellow citizens. In other words, they defended the general interest. However, it is terrible to see that defence of the general interest and human rights is branded as anti-state propaganda in Vietnam. We ask the international community to press for their immediate release.”As well as harassing, threatening and physically attacking outspoken bloggers and their loved-ones, the Vietnamese Communist Party also readily resorts to preventive arrests ¬– arrests often amounting to enforced disappearances – in order to silence its critics in the run-up to national events.Last October, RSF condemned the Vietnamese government’s policy of isolating journalists and bloggers and its systematic reprisals against those who dare to get in touch with the outside world.Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information to go further News January 25, 2017 – Updated on February 2, 2017 RSF decries arrests of three activist bloggers in Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the “preventive” arrests of three bloggers and citizen journalists in the past few days in the run-up to the Vietnamese New Year, known as the Tet, and calls for their immediate release and the withdrawal of all charges against them. News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang RSF_en VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms WomenPredatorsImprisonedCitizen-journalistsInternet Follow the news on Vietnam Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Radio journalists and editors charged over satirical sketch about Corsicans

first_img News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said today it was astonished and concerned about the charging of five journalists and editors of Radio France for “racist insults” and “complicity” because of a satirical programme about Corsicans broadcast in May last year by the affiliated station France Inter.Freedom to satirise and make gibes is guaranteed in France. Whatever the terms used in the broadcast, its authors are unlikely to have intended stirring up racial hatred and violence towards Corsicans. It is not surprising that comments in bad taste about Corsicans make people touchy, because Corsica is politically in the news. But punishing this is hard to accept in terms of press freedom. Things that are morally deplorable are not all of them crimes.Jean-Marie Cavada, chairman of Radio France, Yves Lecoq and Virginie Lemoine, presenters of the programme “Les agités de JT,” as well as producer Christian Rose and Jacques Chiraz, author of the sketch, broadcast on 27 May last year, were charged on 27 February this year before an Ajaccio judge, Jean-Michel Gentil, acting on a complaint by the Unione Corsa d’Antibes, a group in mainland France. The head of France Inter, Jean-Luc Hees, had apologised on the air for the programme. News to go further News March 15, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalists and editors charged over satirical sketch about Corsicans Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said today it was astonished and concerned about the charging of five journalists and editors of Radio France for “racist insults” and “complicity” because of a satirical programme about Corsicans broadcast in May last year by the affiliated station France Inter. RSF_en Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on France Help by sharing this information FranceEurope – Central Asia May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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